Since the introduction of the novel coronavirus (COVID 19) on the island, several questions have arisen concerning at-risk groups. In part two of today’s JIS Get the Facts interview with host, Enthrose Campbell, Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie, sheds light on who is most at risk of contracting the virus and what this means for their immunity.
The Government’s is again urging the members of the public to do their part to reduce transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) by adhering to the prescribed social-distancing protocols as this remains one of the most effective defenses in combating the virus. Listen as the Ministry of Health and Wellness shares recommendations on how to reduce the spread of COVID19 within communities.
A number of reports have been made about persons mixing cleaning agents in an effort to make them stronger and more effective against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). By doing this persons are harming themselves according to the Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN). Press play to find out why you should desist from mixing household chemicals to create sanitizing agents.
Contact tracing is one of the interventions being used to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Jamaica. It’s a similar process to what experts have been using to effectively control the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Africa. Press play to hear more about how this method is helping to stem the spread of COVID-19.
On this edition of Get the Facts the Ministry of Health shares with us what is being done to slow the transmission of COVID 19 PT1. Press play to hear more.
Get the facts gives us details on the COVID-19 do’s and don’ts, press play to get the details.
For most people, symptoms of a COVID-19 infection start with a fever and a dry cough. The virus can be transmitted through droplets from coughing or sneezing. So it’s best to cough or sneeze into your sleeve or into a disposable tissue. Discard the tissue into a closed rubbish bin and then clean your hands. Try to stay at least two metres away from a person who is coughing or sneezing. Press play to learn about steps you can take to prevent infection.
The NIS is a compulsory contributory, funded social security scheme, covering all employed persons in Jamaica. Director of National Insurance in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Portia Magnus recently sat down with Enthrose Campbell to discuss the benefits available under the scheme. Press play to hear more.
Come April 1, the rate at which contributions to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) are calculated will be increased from five and a half to six percent. Director of National Insurance in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Portia Magnus recently sat down with Enthrose Campbell to discuss the reasons for the increase among other things. Press play to hear more.
The income tax filing due date is March 16 this year. Annually it’s the 15th of March however with that date being a Sunday this year, the date has been moved to the next working day. Press play to hear Tax Administration Jamaica’s Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Merris Haugton and Enthrose Campbell discuss how to file for your tax returns.
A large part of the education curriculum in Jamaica focuses on exposing students to the country’s rich culture and heritage. And in February each year one special day is used to highlight all things Jamaican – the various aspects about our people which distinguish us from the rest of the world, as well as the various contributions Jamaicans have made to world history. Press play to find out about the happenings of Jamaica Day 2020.
Phase 2 of the plastic ban prohibits the manufacture, distribution and use of polystyrene foam more popularly known as Styrofoam products. Manager of Public Education and Corporate Communication, at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Olivia Anderson, recently sat down with Enthrose Campbell to give an overview of what phase one entailed and the initiatives being rolled out under phase two. Press play to get the details.
Every year the Heart Foundation of Jamaica celebrates February as heart month. This year the focus is on raising awareness about the impact of hypertension on the kidneys. On this edition of Get the facts, we’ll share some of the activities planned for the month as well as how you can get screened for hypertension, better known as high blood pressure. Press play to hear more.
In response to the growing number of tourists complaining about harassment from craft vendors the ministry of tourism has developed a tourism ethics manual. Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett recently sat down with Enthrose Campbell to talk about the manual as well as some new hotels set to break ground this year. Here’s an excerpt of the discussion. Press play to learn more about this issue.
Jamaica’s tourism industry continues to grow, with record earnings in 2019. Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett credits the growth of the industry, and the fact that more tourism dollars are staying in the country, to the establishment of linkages networks. Minister Bartlett recently sat down with Enthrose Campbell to discuss plans for 2020. Here’s an excerpt of the discussion. Listen to this edition of Get the facts to hear more.
Jamaica recently welcomed United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo for a two-day working visit. Prior to his departure the Secretary of State delivered a speech on the future of US-Caribbean relations including how we can work to secure more US investments. Learn more on this edition of Get the facts!
As of January 1, 2020, the local manufacture, distribution and use of expanded polystyrene foam products (Styrofoam) in the food and beverage industry have been banned. This is being done as part of the Government’s thrust to place greater focus on pollution control. Learn more on today’s edition of Get the facts.
The end of the year is fast approaching and so too are the usual parties to ring in the New Year! This festive season promises to be even more exciting for party goers as the cut off times for events were have been temporarily extended. However the onus is on promoters and party planners to ensure they do not abuse this privilege. We’ll tell you why on this week’s Get the Facts.